Revisiting Science Class: Facts About Solar Energy You Should Know

Maybe it’s been years since the last time you took a science class, but even if you haven’t thought about what you learned in a long time, it’s important to know about the benefits of solar energy. Living in the Sun City means you have access to tons and tons of sunlight you can use to generate electricity. Solar Smart Living is dedicated to helping homeowners harness the power of solar energy for their homes.

Here are three facts you should know about solar energy and how it can benefit you and others.

Fact #1: Solar Energy is Renewable

Remember in middle school science class when you learned about renewable and non-renewable energy sources? Fossil fuels, which the world heavily relies on now, are non-renewable, meaning once we use them up, that’s it! Sure in another million years or so, we should have more of them, but what about the meantime? Solar energy is renewable, meaning we have an abundance of it and can use it as we please.

Fact #2: Horticulture and Agriculture Rely On It

Without the sun, something as simple as planting a few tomato plants in the backyard would be impossible. Horticulture and agriculture both rely on energy from the sun. In fact, the times of year that crops are planted are often based on how much sunlight they will get while potted plants are often placed where they will get the necessary sunlight, however much or little, they need. Solar power plays a significant role in many aspects of our lives.

Fact #3: There Are Two Forms of Solar Technology: Active and Passive

Solar technology that harnesses solar energy, such as solar panels, are considered active. Other methods and technology, such as improving the air circulation of a room or positioning a building that allows its occupants to rely on natural lighting are considered passive. Both are great ways to help the environment!

About the author
Alan Morgan

Alan is a solar and sustainable energy advocate. He has served the renewables industry for over 5 years for companies such as Solar City and Tesla and now acts as the Director of Business and Market Development for Solar Smart Living.